Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gulfstream Today: 3.14.12

Lally Stable’s 3-year-old filly Dame Marie ran her career record to two wins from two starts rallying from off the early pace down the outside in the stretch to score a neck victory over Elizabeth Valando’s Sweet and Lovely in the $49,000 optional/allowance feature at one mile on turf Wednesday at Gulfstream Park.

Leading jockey Javier Castellano rode Sweet and Lovely from post 11 in the full field of 12 3-year-old fillies and rallied past Darley Stable’s 4-to-5 favorite Questing leaving the furlong marker. Questing tired and finished fourth as she fell short of giving trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s his 1,000th career victory.

Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Dame Marie is a daughter of Smart Strike purchased for $140,000 at the Keeneland September sales and won her career debut over the Gulfstream course by a neck on Feb. 12 at 7-to-1. She paid $12.60 for $2 to win Wednesday and was timed the distance in 1:33:84 over the ‘firm’ course.

Quote of the Day: Jockey Javier Castellano of Dame Marie’s victory in the ninth race allowance feature: “I was very impressed with her today and she improved from her first win. She was very professional all the way. It was a big race to come around all those horses in such a good field and finish the way she did. I definitely think she could be a stakes horse.”

Who’s Hot: Leading jockey Javier Castellano won two more races on Wednesday to extend his lead in the standings with 94 wins and is now just three victories short of tying the all-time record for a Gulfstream meet at 97, a record co-held by Jerry Bailey (1996), Wigberto Ramos (1991) and Julio Pezua (1987).

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux got his week off to a good start winning one of the four stakes at the Ocala Training Center on Monday and two more on Wednesday at Gulfstream, the third on Speight the Halo for trainer Kerry Zavash and the fifth atop Holy Crusader for trainer Bob Hess, Jr.

Work of the Day: Charles Fipke’s 6-year-old Kentucky homebred Jersey Town was timed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 Wednesday morning at Gulfstream Park for trainer Barclay Tagg as he continues preparation for his first start since finishing sixth behind Caleb’s Posse in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

A son of Speightstown, Jersey Town scored his biggest victory in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct in late November of 2010. He made only three starts last year prior to the Breeders’ Cup, finishing second to Jackson Bend in the Forego Stakes (G1) at Saratoga and third behind Uncle Mo and Jackson Bend in the Kelso Mile (G2) at Belmont Park.

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